The Murals and Alleys of Polk Street

IAM is honored to support the Lower Polk Art Walk, a quarterly perambulation and arts-activation project centered around the outdoor murals and neighborhood galleries that have blossomed between the Tenderloin and Russian Hill in San Francisco.

To learn more, check out the Lower Polk Art Walk Blog and Facebook page for maps, announcements, and calls for participation.

You can also download a map of participating galleries and the key alleyway murals in the neighborhood.

IAM is the fiscal sponsor of Livable Environments, the producer of the Art Walk, because this event is much more than an urban stroll.

It’s an opportunity to build community and participation by staging large, outdoor art activities, and by commissioning new murals that capture the color, history, diversity and visual narrative of this uniquely San Francisco neighborhood.

It’s an effort to use art to activate a neighborhood caught between economic accomplishment and inequity, from the gallery walls to the alleys outside. We do so love ’em for it.

The Lower Polk Art Walk debuted in 2011, and ran every quarter from July to October. Plans are already underway for a new series of outdoor mural tours, happenings and commissions in 2012.

To learn more, contact the Art Walk via email — or just stay tuned for updates from IAM.